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We are all human, and lawyers, like all human beings, make mistakes. But some mistakes loom larger than others, and in the sometimes surreal existence during a global pandemic, it’s become more important living and working than ever to know the little things—like whether your video is on during that Zoom hearing. Just ask Peruvian lawyer Hector Paredes Robles. Robles had been one of the criminal defense lawyers participating in a virtual hearing involving defendants who were alleged members of a local street gang, Los Z de Chanchamayo, accused of fraud, extortion and land trafficking. Although it’s not clear what precipitated this, at some point during the hearing, Robles took off his clothing and began having sex with an unidentified woman—on camera! The X-rated action led Judge John Chachua Torres to immediately call a halt to the proceedings, but not before tearing into Robles, “who has disrespected the dignity of this court as well as the other lawyers present and the legal profession as a whole.” A subsequent statement from the high court condemned Robles for committing “obscene acts which violated public decency.” Robles (who has yet to issue a statement) was promptly removed from the case, and he faces an investigation by Peru’s Public Ministry as well as its bar association. Maybe he should call Jeffrey Toobin as an expert witness?

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